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A GARDEN IN EVERY SCHOOL

EVERY CHILD OUGHT TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF GROWING & EATING SIMPLE WHOLE FOODS.

Valley View Elementary returns to the garden

By Danny Yaffe | September 19, 2017

As the students at Valley View Elementary returned to the garden they were greeted with garden protectors and a healthy snack. Strawberries with basil and lime got the kids energized to explore and observe some secondary consumers keeping and eye out in their herb patch. Journals were created to make sure all the adventures can…

Vine St Elementary has a colorful snack and saves some seeds

By Danny Yaffe | September 19, 2017

A colorful end of summer snack was a visual and delicious treat for the students and Vine St Elementary. Out with the old and in with the new! Students help save seeds from spent summer plants, aerated and amended the newly vacated beds, and started seeds for the upcoming change in seasons. – Ranger Dan

West Vernon Elementary comes back to a busy garden

By Danny Yaffe | September 19, 2017

The garden at West Vernon Elementary was happy to have its students back. Fortunately there were secondary consumers present to keep the garden safe all summer. So much to harvest and eat!! A fresh corn salsa with garden cucumbers to dip greated the eager students. A garden review and journal construction were great welcome back…

Carson-Gore starts the year with a colorful harvest

By Danny Yaffe | September 19, 2017

Students at Carson-Gore Elementary were excited to be back in the garden. A beautiful harvest of greens, strawberries, basil, eggplants, and tomatoes made a great welcome back snack. Journals were made to ensure the students retain and engage in their garden lessons. Plant parts were observed, explained, and tasted. -Ranger Dan

Vine St starts the year with observations

By Danny Yaffe | September 19, 2017

Vine St Elementary had an active garden this summer. The students were able to see the fruits (or should I say seeds) of its labor. Journal were created to make sure they are keeping track of what is learned and seen. -Ranger Dan

Welcome Back at Woodlawn!

By Alex Aleshire | September 18, 2017

The Woodlawn Elementary School garden is flourishing!  The beds are full and overflowing with flowers, fruits, and vegetables!  It was a pleasure to come back to this great school and garden and find it so lush and filled with life! I saw many familiar faces in this first rotation so I’m looking forward to building…

Garden fun at Eagle Rock Elementary

By Matt Heidrich | September 18, 2017

Today was a great day in the garden at Eagle Rock elementary. We planted beets, beans, lemon verbena, and purple tree collards. We saw squash sprouting, and saw all sorts of interesting insects! We practiced using the 5 senses and identifying shapes and colors.

Fall Planning

By Hillary Williams | September 15, 2017

At Dayton Heights the fourth grade has taken control of their garden’s destiny.   There is good reason for that, they know what to do!  The kids were excited to have a bit of crispness in the air and started listing all the cool weather plants that would do well in their garden space.  …

Discovering the Garden at Aspire!

By Alex Aleshire | September 15, 2017

A new school garden is always a lovely thing, especially when it is embraced by the community of students, staff and volunteers.  Aspire Gateway Academy has done just that and more!  Teachers, staff members and students are always looking around the garden beds to see what is growing. It’s a pleasure to see their excitement…

Rio Vista – Saving and Planting seeds!

By Jeff Mailes | September 15, 2017

Hello Garden friends, Today was the second week of garden class at Rio Vista. That means we got to progress beyond the introduction and rules and move into more fun learning activities! First we started by clearing out some of the dry corn so that we could save some seeds. In doing so we exposed…

SCHOOL GARDENS CREATED

WEEKLY RANGER PROGRAM SCHOOLS

LOS ANGELES STUDENTS SERVED

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

We do not build and run. Our Garden Rangers maintain the garden space weekly and provide place-based learning opportunities for students, offering lesson plans with topics such as nutrition, healthy living, gardening, and environmental stewardship. These garden classes help students establish an immediate connection between the process of growing fruits and vegetables and consuming these foods in our outdoor kitchens. With these gardens, the classroom is given local focus, tangible results, and involvement in inquiry-based education.

For many students, our school gardens are their only access to green, outdoor spaces in their neighborhood.  By improving the environmental quality of their surroundings, children are more likely to succeed.  We have seen first-hand how access to edible gardens can bring joy and community involvement.

 

We have created 100 + in 4 years. We are barreling towards 200.

School gardens improve air quality, increase exposure to the natural world, encourage environmental stewardship, and positively impact health and eating habits of students and the surrounding community. These gardens act as catalysts to show students just how versatile, delicious, and FUN healthy food can be, developing positive attitudes toward healthy, fresh food and increasing consumption of these foods. The startling obesity statistics in Metro Los Angeles alone demonstrate a strong need for access to simple whole foods through gardening.

 

Our Values

Goal

A working edible garden in every Los Angeles School.

Culture

Down to earth, no nonsense and hard working. We are irreverent and ambitious.

Food justice and food insecure

are words you will rarely hear from us. We know the issues. We focus on solutions. No further study needed. We know how we can help.

Step 1. Get gardens into schools.

Step 2. Attract kids into these gardens.

We are all about action.

Our customers

are the kids. We strive to deliver a great product; a lush vegetable garden.

 

 

Schools

Get a garden in your school now

Companies

Build something lasting with us

Humans

It is easy to help out

There are many Non-Profits out there, but not all are very effective or frugal. Our people are people who volunteer, intern and give. People who care. We have minimal staff. Our garden rangers fan out to 68 schools weekly.  We respect our people by treating their time as precious. If you volunteer, we want you to be exhausted. We feel that if you are going to give up your day to help us and others then the least that we can do is make it worth your while.

EnrichLA builds and takes care of edible school gardens throughout Los Angeles.

After co-founder and Executive Director Tomas O'Grady recognized a need to connect students with the source of their food, EnrichLA was founded in August 2011 as a 501(c)(3) designated non-profit. By installing and managing a school garden at Thomas Starr King Middle School, Tomas discovered how its presence benefited the lives of students, staff and the surrounding community.  King Middle School is now one of 68 schools that demonstrate how school gardens can transform a community through increased student involvement and improved aesthetics, improving morale and promoting healthy living.  The immeasurable benefits at this school led Tomas to the motto: A Garden in Every School. Ultimately, we think that every child in every school in this city ought to experience the joy of growing, harvesting, preparing and eating simple whole foods.

enrichla
2173 Cedarhurst Drive
Los Anegles, CA 90027

3423 387 3866